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There aren’t many Republicans in the Oregon Senate, but on Tuesday, there weren’t any at all.

The minority caucus was spread around the state, some in Salem and others in their hometowns, in an act of solidarity to deny the chamber a quorum to delay the passage of a bill to raise $1 billion in new taxes for public education. The bill was the lone item being voted on.

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SALEM — Lobbying is largely synonymous with interest groups, but every year, government agencies big and small spend money to amplify their interests at the Capitol.

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The state has asked the Oregon Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling against Walmart, saying it created a “dramatic change” in the way wetlands fill projects are considered.

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Nathan Nañez, a senior at The Dalles High School, attended a lobby day in Salem with three other students — two from Coquille School District and one from Redmond High School — to meet with legislators and discuss state funding in education.

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SALEM — A bill introduced in the House would allow more gas stations to offer self-service pumps. Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states in the Union that don’t allow self-service gas stations statewide.

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SALEM — A phishing scheme that successfully compromised 2 million emails from the Oregon Department of Human Services accounts targeted more than 400 accounts at two major state agencies. Nine employees in four units of Human Services departments inadvertently gave hackers access to their accounts, said agency spokesman Robert Oakes.

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After voting in support of making the Mueller investigation report public on Thursday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) returned to Oregon for a town hall meeting in The Dalles March 15, where his vote was met with applause.

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SALEM—Oregon on Feb. 28 enacted the nation’s farthest-reaching law limiting rent increases and restricting no-fault evictions, providing immediate protection to roughly 1 million renters across the state.

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Introducing vaccine-related legislation is the political equivalent of swatting a hornets’ nest; regardless of what the legislation does, it’s guaranteed to bring out emotional and passionate advocates. That was the case last week, when a bill that would require medical professionals to give more information before immunizing a patient had a hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care.

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In the wake of a man’s death last summer while fighting fire on agricultural land, and the fines his employer incurred because of it, farmers need more clarification on firefighting rules, an official said.

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A judge ruled the regional jail’s contract to house immigration detainees does not violate state law, but its practice of notifying federal officials of the release dates of foreign-born prisoners does.

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Bilateral trade negotiations have begun with Japan, the top importer of the soft white wheat grown in the mid-Columbia, wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties heard Feb. 4.

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Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has created an online application called the “Oregon Weather Dashboard” to illustrate current and forecasted weather conditions, pulling together information from the state’s four national Weather Service forecast offices.

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A Portland man shot himself July 23 after an Oregon State Police trooper from The Dalles stopped him on a report of reckless driving eastbound on I-84 milepost 103, near Biggs in Sherman County.

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SALEM — More than 20 percent of children in rural Oregon live in poverty, a new study finds. A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.

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Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill appeared before the county board last week to announce a grant from Lines for Life to equip officers at three agencies with Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, citing officer safety as the reason.

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Oregon State Police is launching a new direct-call number, Star OSP (dialed as *OSP or *677), to give the public an easy to remember way to contact OSP dispatch.

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PORTLAND — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin was well known in the region, and often participated in festivals and workshops sponsored by Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles.

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PORTLAND — Government lawyers asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by tribal elders who say a sacred site was destroyed to expand a highway near Oregon's Mount Hood.

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SALEM (AP) — Carla Mundt has a passion for education and an appreciation for its roots, especially when it comes to historic Criterion Schoolhouse, which came to the fairgrounds from Wasco County. The 40-year-old roof on the building began to fail last year and was in danger of not surviving another winter until the OREA and key allies launched a “Save the Criterion Schoolhouse” campaign in May.

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Six troopers recently received the first ever Medal of Valor issued by the Oregon State Police. Two of them, Ryan Sharp and Zach Bohince, have local ties. Both troopers were shot at by fleeing suspects in vehicle pursuits.

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PORTLAND (AP) — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

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PORTLAND — Oregon has become one of America's most popular moving destinations, with tens of thousands of newcomers each year drawn by its forests and mountains, its quirky city of Portland and its job opportunities. But the inflow has caused a rental housing crisis across the state, with too few homes being built. Families face steep rent hikes or evictions to make way for better-heeled tenants.

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PORTLAND (AP) — The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138 percent of normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall.

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SALEM (AP) — Oregon has documented a third year in which seven or more breeding pairs of wolves are roaming an eastern area of the state and making a strong recovery, officials said Tuesday. Wolves were hunted to extinction in Oregon in the last century but recently started moving back from neighboring states.

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SALEM — Federal immigration officers stopped two vans carrying workers headed to a forest in Oregon to pick an ornamental shrub, and took at least 10 of them away, an activist said Tuesday.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority will host an air quality open house Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with community members about AmeriTies.

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Farmers in Wasco County are on the move to educate people in large urban centers of Oregon, which usually carry the vote, about how devastating passage of Measure 97 would be to food production. In Oregon, agriculture is the second largest industry, supporting more than 326,000 full- or part-time jobs and producing commodities valued at about $5.4 billion per year. So the overall economic loss could be great if the proposed new tax of 2.5 percent on gross receipts — before expenditures are deducted — of corporations with sales over $25 million goes into play.

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SALEM (AP) — Native Americans dressed in traditional garb came to the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday to protest persistent attempts to bring a Nestle water bottling plant to an Oregon county that rejected the plan in a ballot measure in May. One protester is on a hunger strike.

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BEND (AP) — The time, effort and money spent fighting wildfires has strained workers and harmed other programs at the Oregon Department of Forestry, according to an Oregon state audit.

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WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues. Sen. Ron Wyden says he is “even more concerned” about these apparent conflicts of interest after receiving a response from the National Institutes of Health, which vetted and selected the panel members. In a letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration’s top health official, Wyden requests a series of documents related to the pain panel, including financial disclosure forms filled out by its members.

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Wasco County Commission Chair Rod Runyon went to Salem Monday to testify during the first day of the Legislature short session and was not happy with what he saw.

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On Jan. 1, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills and patches, although so far, few pharmacists, and none in The Dalles, have taken the required training.

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Nearly every day in the last two weeks, Clatsop County law enforcement has responded to at least one call involving homelessness, responding to everything from transient camps discovered on private and city property to complaints about homeless individuals who are drunk and wandering the streets.

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PORTLAND — Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops.

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SALEM — Oregon legislative leaders said Monday that they’ll push ahead this week with a schools budget criticized as inadequate by education interests. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, both Democrats, said it’s important to provide school districts with certainty as they develop their budgets.

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PORTLAND — Twice, prosecutors said, David Ray Arnold stole a car, rammed it into a police cruiser and fled on foot. The first time, in 2007, he hit a telephone pole. On a second excursion in 2011, he drove onto a river walkway. Umatilla County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Brauer had said the crimes were similar enough that they could serve as Arnold’s trademark.

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A 78-year old White Salmon man is facing several charges after being involved in an alcohol-related wrong-way crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Mosier Friday evening.

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With a majority the Douglas Complex fires contained, the Oregon Department of Forestry will turn management of suppression efforts over to the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Monday.

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The latest mountain pine beetle infestation appears to be slowing down in Eastern Oregon, but not before becoming the leading killer of the signature tree of Crater Lake National Park — the whitebark pine.

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PORTLAND (AP) — Nine fires in the past year-and-a-half in Portland have been caused by patients who continue to smoke while receiving extra oxygen at home.

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GRANTS PASS — Crater Lake National Park plans to stay open by whatever means necessary as water shutoffs that have been drying up irrigated pasture for tens of thousands of cattle extend to the creek that serves as the park’s sole source of drinking water, park superintendent said Monday.

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YAKIMA, Wash. — A U.S.-Canada treaty that governs how the Columbia River and its dams are managed for flood control and power generation should be modernized to better reflect current Pacific Northwest priorities, the U.S. agencies responsible for managing the river said in a draft document Thursday. The document is a working draft to offer insight to interested parties and other stakeholders about areas of concern for the treaty going forward.

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PORTLAND, (AP) — An application for a liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — A Klamath County grand jury has returned indictments against 47 people in last week’s drug raids in Klamath County.

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CORVALLIS — A local ballerina will learn classic ballet style at a summer program A number attached to her leotard was the only thing that identified 13-year-old Bethany Ayers-Hale in a studio full of strangers.

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PORTLAND (AP) — An energy company has dropped plans for a coal export terminal downstream of Portland along the Columbia River and will look for another site in the Northwest, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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SALEM — Some young offenders convicted of having sex with underage partners would be able to request the crime be removed from their records under a bill narrowly passed by the Oregon House on Wednesday. Voting 31 to 27, the House sent the bill to the Senate with little discussion.